Doggy Diaries

22nd January 2012

Rosie: The picture above was taken back in September, before the garden and paddocks turned to mud. Now, when we’ve been outside we have to wait a long time in the kitchen, before our paws are clean and dry and we can sit somewhere more comfortable.

The Alpacas all had their vitamin injections the other week and we are now waiting for some of the girls to be scanned to see how many babies we can expect this year. I can’t believe how big the 2011 cria have become – it must be all the food they eat!

We saw a Snowdrop today (the flower not the alpaca) and despite it being very windy, the sun is shining so hopefully spring is on the way!

 

Doggy Diaries

28th August 2011

Misty: I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the summer already! It seems to have gone very quickly because there has been so much activity. Six baby alpacas have been born, which always causes a lot of excitement, and all the hay has now been bailed and is safely stored in the sheds.

We have also had lots of lively visitors over the holidays as the grand children have been staying on and off over the school holidays.

Besides the new cria, Rosie and I also have 2 new chickens to watch! Leg-bars Leonora and Lizzie have joined the ladies in the hen house – something to do with silkies going broody and no eggs!

 

Doggy Diaries

17th June 2011

Rosie: The last few weeks have been quite busy here. All the alpacas are looking a lot smaller since their visit from Colin the shearer. That is always a very exciting event for Misty and I, although we are only allowed to watch from a distance whilst being held firmly on our leads! Poor Alfie looks like a baby again, just as he was beginning to grow up!

On Tuesday, the first baby of the year was born. Poppy always has her cria quite early and she managed to pick the only hot, sunny day we have had in the last two weeks. He is very black and has a fleece like crushed velvet, so my owners say. He has already learnt to tease us by charging up to the fence, making us bark and then running away. We are now waiting for Holly and Lucina to give birth so that he has playmate. Alfie, in the next paddock, is very intrigued by him and perhaps a little bit jealous, as he has started play fighting and neck wrestling Lolly whenever anyone is watching the new arrival! To see some pics, please visit our ‘News’ section.

 

Doggy Diaries

2nd April 2011

Misty: Everything is fairly quiet here at the moment. The weather has warmed up so there’s a lot of activity cleaning up the swimming pool for the summer although it’s not quite warm enough to go in yet!

The sunshine has brought out the lawn mower and the tractor, which I love to bark at and chase – they’re a lot more fun than alpacas to round up!

My owners are now waiting for the grass to grow a little bit more in the ‘weaning paddock’ as it’s time for Lolly and Alfie to leave their mums. We think Leo is going to be chosen to look after them, as he’s still quite playful himself and not as grumpy as Charlie or Boomy!

Rosie and Misty sitting by the pool
Rosie and Misty by the pool

 

Doggy Diaries

18th February 2011

Rosie: A bit of drama to tell you about this week! The chimney in the living room caught fire and after a lot of noise (from the fire alarms) and running in and out by my owners and Francesca (eldest grandchild), who was trying to rescue her favourite toys, Rosie and Bowie, the fire brigade were called. The alpacas were actually the first to notice the sparks – they gathered in a group and Adam sounded the alarm. The fire-truck arrived and there were five firemen! Misty and I were on our leads so we weren’t allowed to meet and greet them in our usual exuberant way, but it was all very exciting.

To top that, there are now two ponies in the orchard next door. They are brown and white and we enjoy barking at them when they come too close to the fence!

All the family are coming back for the weekend so We’re looking forward to playing with our little visitors and Elsa (our German Shepherd friend).

 

Doggy Diaries

12th February 2011

Misty: Sorry I have only just got round to writing – there is just so much going on in the garden! I love being outside, especially at night, when I can sniff out shrews and watch ever growing (in size and number) mole hills.

My owners have been busy too, cleaning out the paddocks on the few sunny days we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. The alpacas are currently in the two far paddocks – which is fine by me because I find them a little scary!

My brother Flash came to play in the week (he lives down the road). We had a great time chasing each other around and so much fun that he didn’t want to go home!

The chickens are still escaping at least three times a day – it’s always the same two – Cordelia and Lavinia. Fortunately being rounded up by Rosie and I doesn’t stop them laying. We now have over a hundred eggs in the cupboard. Good job it’s half term soon and we’ll have a full hungry house!

 

Doggy Diaries

27th January 2011

Rosie: Today the boys discovered the gap in the temporary fence and pushed their way through to the greener grass. Luckily they gorged themselves pretty quickly and moved back to the right paddock before the girls noticed them over the fence!

I haven’t chased chickens much today so I’m in my owners’ good books. Unfortunately though I’ve rolled in something, which I thought smelt lovely, but nobody else seems to think so.

I’m very excited because my owners’ grandchildren are coming to stay for the weekend and they always chase Misty and I around and give us lots of attention.